23 reduced to 13
Of the 23 presidential candidates set to fight the election on 23rd and 24th May, ten have been banned by the High Presidential Election committee.
Three candidates are of particular note and their exclusion could change the balance of the election. They are the Salafist candidate Hazem Abu Ismail, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat El-Shater and the former intelligence chief of Hosni Mubarak, Omar Suleiman.
Of the remaining candidates the frontrunners are now favourites, Amr Moussa a former Secretary General of the League of Arab States and Foreign Minister and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood had nominated a further less well known candidate to Khairat El-Shater in case he was banned and that is Mohamed Morsy. He is Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party.
All the banned candidates can appeal within 48 hours with a binding decision being announced on 26th April.